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The Leander Professional Firefighters Association aims to bring civil service guidelines before a public vote.

The group delivered a petition Feb. 15 to the city with 137 supporters’ signatures. If at least 123 signatures—10 percent of the voters from the last municipal election—are verified, the measure will be on the May ballot.

Civil service rules establish standards within fire and police departments for sick and vacation time and for the hiring, firing and promotion of employees. Voters can adopt civil service with a simple majority.

“I think it’s mostly preventative, but there have been some instances where we weren’t sure why this person was disciplined differently than another person. It’s also something that we want to make sure over the next 20 or 30 years, it’s done fairly no matter who is city manager, fire chief or on council, because that’s how long we want to serve in Leander,” Shapiro said. “This is about due process, and I think everyone can understand that there’s a problem when the person that disciplines you is the same person you have to appeal to.”

Civil service establishes a small commission of citizens who hear all wrongful discipline and termination claims. The city must also hire a civil service commissioner to oversee the commission and association.

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Leander Firefighters for Civil Service